Bleeding gums are a common occurrence and are often experienced while brushing or flossing teeth.
If accompanied by sensitivity, pain or if localised around any teeth that have had fillings or dental treatment, there is a possibility that the bleeding gums may be a sign that you may have a cavity, require adjustment or replacement of fillings or a gum infection so it is important to make an appointment to get the area assessed.
Most often, bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis which is inflammation of the gums caused by build-up of plaque and calculus. Bleeding gums can be prevented with thorough home care including thorough but gentle tooth-brushing and flossing (pro tip – bleeding actually is often a sign that you need to floss more rather than less) and regular professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
If left untreated, bleeding caused by gingivitis can lead to periodontal diseases which are a group of conditions that can lead to gum recession, bone loss, tooth movement, loose teeth and tooth loss. If you are experiencing bleeding gums or any of the symptoms described above it is important to make an appointment with your dentist to get your gum health assessed.